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    Mike - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Default Lamotte Nitrate test Kit

    Been having some red cyano lately so I tested with my salifert kit and got something in the range of 10-25ppm. Red flag for me! I tested source waterand it is zero and mixed salt water is still zero. I decided it was time to do a couple things. I gravel vacuumed the SSB and got a lot of detritus out that way and started to skim more on the wet side. I have been feeding heavily so I suspect that is how hte mess started in the first place.

    I also decided it was time to move to the next level and get a really good Nitrate test kit. The Lamotte is a bit pricey but so is everything else about this hobby. I used it for hte first time yesterday and got 2ppm Nitrogen-Nitrate which converts to 8.8ppm nitrate. In terms of accuracy I am pretty happy and it is easy to use.

    I am happy to report that cyano is going away without using any red slime removers and organics are coming back in line. I got a little distracted with all the LED stuff I think.
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    ReeferRob - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Easy as in API easy or Salifert easy?
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    Mike - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Salifert east but much more accurate.
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    Thanks for sharing that Mike. Was wondering how reliable and accurate they were.

    Gives me an idea for a thread. Don't want to hijack yours, but glad you shared this.

    Mucho Reef

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    Mike - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    I decided to get the Alk test kit too. It is accurate to 2ppm which is far mroe accurate than any kit I have used ever. It is not hard to use the Nitrate kit it just takes 13 minutes total to get a result. The result is easy to read though. Once I get the Alk kit I will let you know how that one works.
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